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Piatti gives Impact a 1-1 draw with America

Piatti gives Impact a 1-1 draw with America in CONCACAF Champions League final
The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY - Ignacio Piatti scored the lone goal for the Montreal Impact on Wednesday night to give them a 1-1 draw against Club America in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final.

Argentine striker Piatti scored on a cross from Andres Romero in the 16th for the Impact.

Kevin Hayes scores in OT, Rangers beat Penguins 2-1

Kevin Hayes scores in OT, Rangers beat Penguins 2-1 to take 3-1 series lead
Dan Scifo, The Associated Press

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Kevin Hayes and the New York Rangers put the Pittsburgh Penguins on the brink of elimination.

Hayes scored at 3:14 of overtime to give the Rangers a 2-1 victory Wednesday night and a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series.

"It will be a memorable one, for sure," Hayes said after his first playoff goal.

Juventus rounds out mouthwatering final four in CL

Rounding out mouthwatering final four, Juventus lays down Champions League marker vs. Monaco
John Leicester, The Associated Press

MONACO, Monaco - Juventus and Italian football are back among the elite of the elite in Europe.

The so-called 'Old Lady' of Turin, looking not old at all, ground out a 0-0 draw with Monaco on Wednesday to secure a 1-0 win on aggregate and become the first Italian team since Inter won the competition in 2010 to qualify for the Champions League semifinals.

Snooker star causes stir by playing in socks at world champs

Ronnie O'Sullivan causes stir at snooker's world championship by playing in his socks
The Associated Press

SHEFFIELD, England - With its players donning waistcoats, bow ties, and trousers for matches, snooker prides itself on being one of the smartest sports around.

Ronnie O'Sullivan briefly shattered that image at the world championship.

O'Sullivan, a five-time world champion and snooker's biggest box-office draw, caused a stir in his first-round match at the Crucible Theatre when he removed a new pair of shoes that were giving him discomfort, and started playing in his socks.

Seabrook lifts Blackhawks to 3 OT win over Predators

Brent Seabrook scores in 3rd overtime as Blackhawks beat Predators 3-2 in Game 4
Jay Cohen, The Associated Press

CHICAGO - They played for 101 grueling minutes, beginning Tuesday night and running into early Wednesday morning.

The Chicago Blackhawks, looking for control of the first-round series. The Nashville Predators, searching for a split of their first four playoff games.

Enter Brent Seabrook, a physical defenceman with a penchant for big post-season goals.

Backstrom seals Capitals' 2-1 overtime win over Isles

Backstrom scores 11:09 into OT in Capitals' 2-1 win over Isles; series tied at 2
John Wawrow, The Associated Press

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom knew he had an opening once New York Islanders captain John Tavares lost his stick along the boards.

Stopping and turning just inside the blue line, Backstrom snapped a shot that went through a crowd and sneaked inside the left post 11:09 into overtime to seal a 2-1 win on Tuesday and even their first-round playoff series at 2.

Mrazek shuts out Lightning 3-0; Detroit takes series lead

Petr Mrazek shuts out Tampa Bay 3-0, helps Red Wings to 2-1 lead in first-round series
Noah Trister, The Associated Press

DETROIT - Petr Mrazek stood in front of his net after the game and waited for a delighted swarm of red jerseys to come greet him.

So far this post-season, the Detroit Red Wings have been as successful as their young goaltender — and twice in three games, he's played well enough to win.

Jury in Boston Marathon trial sees photo of defiant Tsarnaev

'Unrepentant and unchanged': Jury in Boston Marathon trial sees photo of a defiant Tsarnaev
Denise Lavoie, The Associated Press

BOSTON - The penalty phase in the Boston Marathon bomber's death penalty trial opened in dramatic fashion Tuesday, with federal prosecutors portraying Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as a coldblooded killer and "America's worst nightmare."

The jury that will decide whether the 21-year-old former college student should be executed heard witnesses who lost legs or loved ones in the April 15, 2013, bombing.

Japanese lawmakers visit shrine honouring war criminals

Japanese lawmakers visit shrine honouring war criminals after prime minister sends offerings
Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press

TOKYO - More than 100 Japanese lawmakers paid respects Wednesday at a Tokyo shrine that honours Japan's war dead, including World War II leaders, but Cabinet ministers and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not participate in the spring ritual.

Abe sent religious offerings Tuesday rather than visiting Yasukuni Shrine, a move less likely to draw controversy on his current Southeast Asian trip and an upcoming U.S. visit.

Bayern, Barcelona reach Champions League semifinals

Bayern Munich routs Porto 6-1 to reach Champions League semifinals, advancing with Barcelona
Nesha Starcevic, The Associated Press

MUNICH - Robert Lewandowski scored twice, and Bayern Munich overcame a two-goal deficit from the first leg to defeat Porto 6-1 Tuesday night and reached the Champions League semifinals for the fourth straight year.

Thiago Alcantara, Jerome Boateng, Thomas Mueller and Xabi Alonso also got goals for five-time champion Bayern, which advanced on 7-4 aggregate in the home-and-home, total-goals series.

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